Curly Hair Tarantula Brachypelma albopilosum

Updated on August 18, 2023

Nocturnal Predators

Nighttime hunters with curly hair tarantulas wait for food in their tunnels. Their legs include sensitive hairs that can catch up vibrations from approaching prey. The spiders quickly emerge from their tunnel to capture any passing prey. Using their pedipalps to hold the prey, they deliver potent injections.

venom. The venom has two functions: it paralyses the prey before starting to devour it.
Because of their small jaws, tarantulas cannot eat whole chunks of food. The tarantula sucks out the proteins and lipids of the prey item after the venom has dissolved it, leaving behind a small pile of undigested body parts.

Spider Shed

In contrast to the internal bony skeleton of humans, tarantulas have an exterior skeleton, or exoskeleton. Since the exoskeleton is rigid and immobile, a spider’s growth cannot be accommodated by it.
As they grow larger, tarantulas must occasionally moult, losing their old exoskeleton and developing a new one.

Classification
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Brachypelma
Species: albopilosum

Distribution

Nicaragua, Honduras, and northern Costa Rica

Habitat

sections of tropical rainforest, either at the bases of huge trees, by rivers, or in cleared rainforest patches.

Physical Description

They can reach lengths of up to 2.8 inches (6-7 cm) and have a leg span of up to 5.8 inches (14.5 cm). Their torso and legs are coated in longer golden and dark brown bristly hairs.
• The colour of men is lighter than that of women.
They feature an eight-legged body, two appendages with fangs, and two chelicerae in front of the mouth. Their hard exoskeleton is shed as they grow.

Diet

What Does It Consume?
In the wild, small vertebrates and insects
Within the zoo:??
What Consumes It?

Social Organization

Unless they are mating, tarantulas live alone.

Life Cycle

Male and female curly hair tarantulas reach maturity at ages of three to four, with the former being slightly younger.
When males approach, unreceptive females are violent and may even try to kill and consume them. A man can mate with a receptive female by utilising his pedipalps or legs to deliver a packet of sperm to the female. The resulting golf ball-sized, fertilised egg sac has 500–1000 eggs in it. The egg sac is laid by the female in a burrow, where it is incubated for seven to eight weeks before the spiderlings emerge in a light hue. The tiny juvenile spiders, which are about the size of a pencil point, spend a few weeks in the burrow where they quickly develop. Following their first moult, they disperse in search of food and build their own burrows so they can live on their own. Male curly hair tarantulas can live for nine to ten years, while females can live for up to twenty.

Adaptations
Nocturnal Predators

Nighttime hunters with curly hair tarantulas wait for food in their tunnels. Their legs include sensitive hairs that can catch up vibrations from approaching prey. The spiders quickly emerge from their tunnel to capture any passing prey. They administer potent poison while still holding their prey with their pedipalps. The venom has two functions: it paralyses the prey before starting to devour it. Because of their small jaws, tarantulas cannot eat whole chunks of food. The tarantula sucks out the proteins and lipids of the prey item after the venom has dissolved it, leaving behind a small pile of undigested body parts.

Legs, Legs and More Legs


All spiders have eight legs, including tarantulas. The legs of curly haired tarantulas include sensitive hairs that can pick up vibrations from possible predators or passing prey. Near their mouth, they additionally have four extra appendages. They can hold and carry prey items, move eggs, or dig burrows using their two pedipalps, which resemble legs. Additionally, they feature two chelicerae, which are fang-tipped appendages that strike downward to release venom.

Spider Shed

In contrast to the internal bony skeleton of humans, tarantulas have an exterior skeleton, or exoskeleton. Since the exoskeleton is rigid and immobile, a spider’s growth cannot be accommodated by it. As they grow larger, tarantulas must occasionally moult, losing their old exoskeleton and developing a new one.

Conservation Connection


In contrast to the internal bony skeleton of humans, tarantulas have an exterior skeleton, or exoskeleton. Since the exoskeleton is rigid and immobile, a spider’s growth cannot be accommodated by it. As they grow larger, tarantulas must occasionally moult, losing their old exoskeleton and developing a new one.

Fun Facts

coiled hair The light tan or orange hairs that coat the body and legs of tarantulas give them their common name. The hair has a characteristic curl that makes them resemble tarantulas with perms.
• Tarantulas live alone and typically do not get along with other members of their own species.
The majority of tarantula bites are not hazardous to humans and are comparable to bee stings, although their fangs can cause painful puncture wounds. Tarantulas can spin webs, but they use the web material to line their tunnels.
• Tarantulas flash their teeth in response to danger.
Although they can move rather quickly, tarantulas with curly hair are typically calm and have basic eyes that can distinguish between changes in light.

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